All students have a right to a public education in a safe learning environment. But right now, many of our students are scared, anxious, and feeling threatened.
We are hearing from students and educators around the country who are encountering hostile, hateful environments in their schools and communities, with fake deportation notices being handed out and swastikas drawn in bathrooms. We are being flooded with reports of hate speech and images directed at students in our schools. Nooses. Racist graffiti. Threats to our LGBTQ students. Headscarves being torn off. Girls being assaulted. Children are hearing that they are not welcome in their schools and even in the country they call home.
There is no place for this in our schools. Educators know that this isn't about politics, but simply that every student deserves a safe, welcoming, affirming learning environment in a school that values them.
We embrace diversity and stand up to bias because we are stronger together.
Pledge to Take Action
One way to make school a positive place for everyone is to pledge to take action when you see hate and bias:
- Name it by calling out the behavior that occurred. Ex: I just heard you say _______
- Claim it by stating how that behavior made me feel. Ex: That kind of language offends me.
- Stop it by preventing the behavior from being repeated. Ex: I don’t want to hear that kind of language again.
To learn what else educators can do to address hate and bias in schools, visit neaedjustice.org.
On Capitol Hill
Our elected representatives in Washington have a responsibility to craft laws that create safe, welcoming environments for students.
To see active legislation and take action to support students, visit edvotes.org.